MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

June 5, 2013

THE PEOPLE SPEAK – Council right to fight synthetic marijuana


— I would like to give great praise to our mayor and city council for having the courage to address a very serious concern in our community. This concern being that of synthetic cannabanoids (K2), being sold in our community. As a pediatrician, especially being heavily involved in drug endangered children, this is a concern that hits close to home. It is known that using K2 is very harmful, causing but not limited to, renal failure, psychosis not resolving, violent behavior, myocardial infarction, anxiety, seizures, elevated blood pressure, and syncope, as well as death.

K2 is being sold at local convenience stores around our community. If you were to buy an ordinary bag of potpourri, it would not cost much more than $5. The potpourri that is treated with synthetic THC will cost $30-$70 per package. This drug affects a user’s behavior, lasting for days and resulting in hallucinations, irritability, and agitation.

The law in Oklahoma states it is a felony to sell/distribute or use this dangerous substance. K2 and Spice fall under this category. Once the law is changed a different molecular form of the THC structure is created. That is how they get away with selling it. The package states not for human consumption and not for minors. Some forms of the synthetic cannabanoids is 100-800 times more potent that THC. These days the THC in marijuana is up to 37 percent more vs 5-7 percent in the 1960s.

This is a dangerous situation within our community and we must be the leaders in getting this horrible drug away from adults and our children. People sell tons of this making a lot of money off the backs of our children.

This is a public nuisance and is extremely dangerous and a life-threatening substance. I am very proud of our city government for taking the lead to outlaw this horrible substance in our community. This is a direct threat to the city of Muskogee.

MICHAEL STRATTON, D.O.

The Childrens Clinic

Muskogee